News Roundup January 10th

by Huey Chewwy in

Bungie and Activision split, Red Dead Online has received a 32-player battle royale mode, and a few Final Fantasy titles are making their way to the Switch and Xbox One in April.

Not all ends well

When Bungie went independent in 2007, it was kind of a big deal. The developer who had made THE hit series for Microsoft, Halo, was breaking away from its parent company. You might say it was akin to a child moving away from home. This wasn’t a bad split as Microsoft still retained a minority stake in Bungie, acquired the Halo IP, and still supported Bungie with publishing two more Halo titles.

In 2010, Bungie announced that they had signed a 10-year publishing deal with Activision for their new IP, later to be revealed as Destiny. Through the game’s original launch in 2014, the various expansions, and the sequel Destiny 2 in 2017, the series has seen its fair share of ups and downs. There were criticisms for the first game but various expansions and updates turn things around. When Destiny 2 came along it appeared Bungie was repeating history once again, although the recent expansion, Forsaken, has brought many players back.

It didn’t help when during an earnings call last year Activision stated that Destiny 2, along with some of their other titles, were not performing as well as they had hoped. It seems like a bit of a backhanded compliment for a game that has a big market campaign and sells millions of copies to say that it is doing less than ideal.

Perhaps all of this leads to today’s announcement that Bungie and Activision are ending their 10-year publishing agreement just a little bit early. Per the terms when they signed said agreement in 2010, Bungie retains control of the Destiny IP as Activision turns over the publishing rights.

As of right now, it appears Bungie is going the self-publishing route and with a company of that size, they likely have the resources to do so. Bungie is sticking to Destiny 2’s current roadmap and clearly have some plans in mind as they will be “surprising our community with some exciting announcements about what lies beyond.”

We may never get the full story of what happened between Bungie and Activision but it appears that there was tension between the two sides that have led to this conclusion.

This circle isn’t big enough for the two of us

Joining the trend of having a battle royale mode is Red Dead Online. An update issued today added the Gun Rush mode that pits 32 players against one another (or in teams) as they search the landscape for weapons to be the last one standing.

More updates are coming soon to Red Dead Online including daily challenges, parley changes, upgrade to law and bounty, and more. Details can be read by clicking here.

Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?

Nintendo Switch and Xbox One owners are getting a taste of more Final Fantasy come April. Launching on April 16th for both platforms will be Final Fantasy X/ X-2 HD Remaster. And then a few weeks later, Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age releases for both the Xbox One and Switch.